What are some good songs?

I really enjoyed yesterday digging up those old songs on YouTube, not just those that shed light on the article we were blogging about but also the ones you suggested in the comments.  I was also trading songs back and forth off line, with my assistant Zach showing me a tune by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and me coming back with Roy Acuff’s “Wreck on the Highway.”

Let’s do that for its own sake.  Given that YouTube seems to have virtually every song anyone has ever heard of, post a YouTube link in the comments to a song that you would like to share with the present company of Cranach readers.  Pick ones that you think the rest of us would enjoy or find edifying or find interesting.  Obscure songs–ones that most of us probably are not aware of–would be especially welcome.

I myself, for all of my high culture pretensions, am pretty well-versed in rock ‘n’ roll circa 1950-1980, as well as folk and classic country music, but I am way out of touch with popular music today.  So I would appreciate learning about some contemporary artists.  I have been critical of contemporary Christian music, but I suspect there are some good songs in that genre, so if you know of some, I’d be glad to learn about them.

I suspect others of you are sadly ignorant about musical geniuses such as Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams.  Or cutting-edge musicians like Django Reinhardt or Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.  Perhaps someone could complete your education.  All genres are fair game:  bluegrass, jazz, classical, even rap and metal as long as the lyrics don’t transgress the PG-13 standards of this blog.  Everything from opera to the op’ry.

Get the idea?  A word of introduction would be helpful–why do you think this is so good and what do we need to know to appreciate it?–followed by a link.  Take it away. . .

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    Okay. I’ll start. My tastes have become increasingly eclectic in the last 10+ years or so, but one of my fellow elders at chruch turned me on to Porcupine Tree. Here’s a good, fairly recent one. PT is in the prog rock tradition and this one is something of a nod to Pink Floyd. Steven Wilson and I are of roughly the same age, so this song resonates to some extent. Time Flies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEWlSTQ1RI

  • SKPeterson

    Okay. I’ll start. My tastes have become increasingly eclectic in the last 10+ years or so, but one of my fellow elders at chruch turned me on to Porcupine Tree. Here’s a good, fairly recent one. PT is in the prog rock tradition and this one is something of a nod to Pink Floyd. Steven Wilson and I are of roughly the same age, so this song resonates to some extent. Time Flies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEWlSTQ1RI

  • SKPeterson

    Sneaking in again: if you like Django Reihnardt, might I suggest Pink Martini? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLaY4aksfRo

  • SKPeterson

    Sneaking in again: if you like Django Reihnardt, might I suggest Pink Martini? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLaY4aksfRo

  • SKPeterson

    I’ve got to stop, before all productivity is lost.

    While listening today, grab yourself a Heineken if you are so inclined. Here’s the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ30GCjPEjY and the original (featuring some of the most hilariously bad band-synching ever caught on film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnBbjc5hmho

    Zulu battle song meets Welsh battle song (with your gratuitous morning violence): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZbUS0MaY4 but it does put one on mind of Ladysmith Black Mambazo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFQ1TSzdpRA

  • SKPeterson

    I’ve got to stop, before all productivity is lost.

    While listening today, grab yourself a Heineken if you are so inclined. Here’s the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ30GCjPEjY and the original (featuring some of the most hilariously bad band-synching ever caught on film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnBbjc5hmho

    Zulu battle song meets Welsh battle song (with your gratuitous morning violence): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZbUS0MaY4 but it does put one on mind of Ladysmith Black Mambazo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFQ1TSzdpRA

  • Pete

    “Two Hearts” The Jayhawks. Just plain great to sing along to. (Great idea today, Dr. V!)

  • Pete

    “Two Hearts” The Jayhawks. Just plain great to sing along to. (Great idea today, Dr. V!)

  • Dan Kempin

    By the way, my latest discovery and the delight of my vacation is “Rhapsody.” It is an online music provider that is to music much as what Netflix is to tv and movies. For a monthly fee (or a free trial, of course) you can stream from their vast library of music or download it to a device that is not connected. I have spent the past two weeks looking up old songs that I barely remembered and hadn’t heard in ages. I play the game of trying to choose a song that Rhapsody doesn’t have. I have been amazed at how few times I win.

    Fwiw.

  • Dan Kempin

    By the way, my latest discovery and the delight of my vacation is “Rhapsody.” It is an online music provider that is to music much as what Netflix is to tv and movies. For a monthly fee (or a free trial, of course) you can stream from their vast library of music or download it to a device that is not connected. I have spent the past two weeks looking up old songs that I barely remembered and hadn’t heard in ages. I play the game of trying to choose a song that Rhapsody doesn’t have. I have been amazed at how few times I win.

    Fwiw.

  • #4 Kitty

    This is my favorite song for a number of reasons. I think readers of the blog will appreciate it for its celebratory attitude toward revolution. We celebrate our “5th of November” a few days earlier.

  • #4 Kitty

    This is my favorite song for a number of reasons. I think readers of the blog will appreciate it for its celebratory attitude toward revolution. We celebrate our “5th of November” a few days earlier.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    One word: Queen. Yes, a good many of their lyrics are less than Christian, but their musicianship is phenomenal, particularly Freddie Mercury’s vocal talent.

    I’d also include Rush, early Yes, Dream Theater, Neal Morse (a Christian progressive artist whom I highly recommend), King Crimson, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, early Genesis (From “Wind and Wuthering” back). Great progressive music.

    Also, I’ve been getting into Mumford and Sons as of late, as well as the “O Brother Where art Thou” soundtrack as well.

    Too much music to choose from.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    One word: Queen. Yes, a good many of their lyrics are less than Christian, but their musicianship is phenomenal, particularly Freddie Mercury’s vocal talent.

    I’d also include Rush, early Yes, Dream Theater, Neal Morse (a Christian progressive artist whom I highly recommend), King Crimson, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, early Genesis (From “Wind and Wuthering” back). Great progressive music.

    Also, I’ve been getting into Mumford and Sons as of late, as well as the “O Brother Where art Thou” soundtrack as well.

    Too much music to choose from.

  • Rich Shipe

    I’ve shared this before but Jon Foreman’s solo work is excellent. Here is one in particular based on a passage from Amos about hypocritical worship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrY1-gPM0KY

  • Rich Shipe

    I’ve shared this before but Jon Foreman’s solo work is excellent. Here is one in particular based on a passage from Amos about hypocritical worship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrY1-gPM0KY

  • Rich Shipe

    Rap might be stretching it a little for this blog? Here is an excellent one by Lecrae called “Don’t waste your life” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWEllqh5J0

  • Rich Shipe

    Rap might be stretching it a little for this blog? Here is an excellent one by Lecrae called “Don’t waste your life” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWEllqh5J0

  • Pingback: What are some good songs? | Sad Country Music

  • Pingback: What are some good songs? | Sad Country Music

  • Rich Shipe

    And I’d second everything that J Dean wrote. The newer group he listed that I’ll highlight again is Mumford and Sons. Good stuff. The Cave on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMO4xdOS5jY

  • Rich Shipe

    And I’d second everything that J Dean wrote. The newer group he listed that I’ll highlight again is Mumford and Sons. Good stuff. The Cave on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMO4xdOS5jY

  • Peter S.

    Here’s a favorite of mine by Richard Strauss: “Im Abendrot” from the Four Last Songs. The text is a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff.

  • Peter S.

    Here’s a favorite of mine by Richard Strauss: “Im Abendrot” from the Four Last Songs. The text is a poem by Joseph von Eichendorff.

  • reg

    In terms of good new music, I would suggest the following who all could be said to fall under the rubric of Americana and all of which harken back in some fashion to roots music. I would urge you to try listening to them all, they are all fantastic.:

    By Railroad Earth (boluegrass-rock): Colorado, Long Way to go, Bird on a Wire and Railroad Earth. (Try the live versions of these songs on the album Elko);

    By the Steeldrivers (bluegrass), everything, but in particular: Guitars whiskey guns and knives and Can You Run,

    By Mountain heart their awesome bluegrass version of Whippin’ Post.

    By Everybodyfields: Everything is okay and Aereoplane. (Warning they are a bit morose)

    By Shinnribs everything, but especially: Country Cool and Poor Peoples’ Store.

    Other good new music is there from Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Martha Scanlon.

  • reg

    In terms of good new music, I would suggest the following who all could be said to fall under the rubric of Americana and all of which harken back in some fashion to roots music. I would urge you to try listening to them all, they are all fantastic.:

    By Railroad Earth (boluegrass-rock): Colorado, Long Way to go, Bird on a Wire and Railroad Earth. (Try the live versions of these songs on the album Elko);

    By the Steeldrivers (bluegrass), everything, but in particular: Guitars whiskey guns and knives and Can You Run,

    By Mountain heart their awesome bluegrass version of Whippin’ Post.

    By Everybodyfields: Everything is okay and Aereoplane. (Warning they are a bit morose)

    By Shinnribs everything, but especially: Country Cool and Poor Peoples’ Store.

    Other good new music is there from Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Martha Scanlon.

  • Ray

  • Ray

  • Darren A. Jones

    It’s a modern version of the Magnificat, and I really like it.

  • Darren A. Jones

    It’s a modern version of the Magnificat, and I really like it.

  • Michelle

    Does anyone remember 2nd Chapter of Acts? My parents listened to them when I was a kid. They had a whole album telling the story of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This video link is actually the entire album, recorded. It’s like 36 minutes long, but worth a bit of a listen.

  • Michelle

    Does anyone remember 2nd Chapter of Acts? My parents listened to them when I was a kid. They had a whole album telling the story of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. This video link is actually the entire album, recorded. It’s like 36 minutes long, but worth a bit of a listen.

  • kerner

    I like Irish rock and punk rock. Traditionalists may not, but I do.

    The Saw Doctors have been playing for over 20 years now, and are never heard on American Radio that I know of:

    Hope for those without a natural advantage:

    Does first love really stay with you forever?

  • kerner

    I like Irish rock and punk rock. Traditionalists may not, but I do.

    The Saw Doctors have been playing for over 20 years now, and are never heard on American Radio that I know of:

    Hope for those without a natural advantage:

    Does first love really stay with you forever?

  • Dave Sewing

    Anything by Erin Bode

  • Dave Sewing

    Anything by Erin Bode

  • kerner

    Simul Iustus et Peccator…well maybe.

    The Dropkick Murphys: Bast@rds on Parade:

    As a funeral should be?

    The Pogues: Body of an American

  • kerner

    Simul Iustus et Peccator…well maybe.

    The Dropkick Murphys: Bast@rds on Parade:

    As a funeral should be?

    The Pogues: Body of an American

  • Dave Sewing

    Celtic Thunder, or Celtic Women just search on youtube

  • Dave Sewing

    Celtic Thunder, or Celtic Women just search on youtube

  • Geo

    In Rolling Stone Magazine list of the top 500 albums, the Beatles took four of the first 10 spots. Nuff said there. My vote is anything by guitarist Phil Keaggy. Keaggy was my introduction to contemporary Christian music all those years ago and I’ve seen him in concert close to a couple of dozen times. Youtube has quite a selection of Keaggy performances. If the guitar is your thing, check out Phil Keaggy.

  • Geo

    In Rolling Stone Magazine list of the top 500 albums, the Beatles took four of the first 10 spots. Nuff said there. My vote is anything by guitarist Phil Keaggy. Keaggy was my introduction to contemporary Christian music all those years ago and I’ve seen him in concert close to a couple of dozen times. Youtube has quite a selection of Keaggy performances. If the guitar is your thing, check out Phil Keaggy.

  • Tom Hering

    The Sundays, Here’s Where the Story Ends, 1990. Don’t ask to say why it’s so good. It just haunts me.

    http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/100000779?searchid=21d683e1-a734-4c17-8c9a-40b83352e861

  • Tom Hering

    The Sundays, Here’s Where the Story Ends, 1990. Don’t ask to say why it’s so good. It just haunts me.

    http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/100000779?searchid=21d683e1-a734-4c17-8c9a-40b83352e861

  • http://drhambrick.com drhambrick

    I’ve grown to really appreciate songs and albums that actually say something, even if that something doesn’t necessarily fit into reality.

    While this album is decidedly not Christian (really Hindu), I submit the following: Mastodon is a psychedelic metal band with amazing instrumentation, orchestration, infectious melodies, time changes on par with Rush and guitar solos reminiscent of Pink Floyd. Their album “Crack the Skye” is about a paraplegic who learns astral projection to escape his body, flies too close to the sun, burns his umbilical chord and floats into oblivion. Meanwhile, in Czarist Russia, Rasputin the evil monk is leading a seance where the soul of the paraplegic is called into their midst, and Rasputin helps him back to his body… really.

    Listen to the song “Oblivion” from the album… c’mon, give it a chance: http://youtu.be/s6WGNd8QR-U

    In a Christian vein, you can’t have a discussion like this without mentioning Sufjan Stevens: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=AL94UKMTqg-9BNmMCyhR9SucvWLbFrKxea

    Also Damien Rice raises some thought provoking elements of consequences for actions in his music: http://youtu.be/cgqOSCgc8xc

    Enjoy.

  • http://drhambrick.com drhambrick

    I’ve grown to really appreciate songs and albums that actually say something, even if that something doesn’t necessarily fit into reality.

    While this album is decidedly not Christian (really Hindu), I submit the following: Mastodon is a psychedelic metal band with amazing instrumentation, orchestration, infectious melodies, time changes on par with Rush and guitar solos reminiscent of Pink Floyd. Their album “Crack the Skye” is about a paraplegic who learns astral projection to escape his body, flies too close to the sun, burns his umbilical chord and floats into oblivion. Meanwhile, in Czarist Russia, Rasputin the evil monk is leading a seance where the soul of the paraplegic is called into their midst, and Rasputin helps him back to his body… really.

    Listen to the song “Oblivion” from the album… c’mon, give it a chance: http://youtu.be/s6WGNd8QR-U

    In a Christian vein, you can’t have a discussion like this without mentioning Sufjan Stevens: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=AL94UKMTqg-9BNmMCyhR9SucvWLbFrKxea

    Also Damien Rice raises some thought provoking elements of consequences for actions in his music: http://youtu.be/cgqOSCgc8xc

    Enjoy.

  • Marie

    Seconding The Pogues, Gillian Welch (and David Rawlings), Phil Keaggy,

    (Bela Fleck is not new, Dr. Veith!)

    An old album, but I’ve been listening to Wilco/Billy Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue nonstop this summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHoSeTr_RVU

    Here’s a resource I turn to whenever I want to find something new (or old?) . I haven’t exhausted the comment list, yet!
    http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2009/07/lookin%E2%80%99-out-my-back-door-or-sounds-from-boo-radley%E2%80%99s-porch/

  • Marie

    Seconding The Pogues, Gillian Welch (and David Rawlings), Phil Keaggy,

    (Bela Fleck is not new, Dr. Veith!)

    An old album, but I’ve been listening to Wilco/Billy Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue nonstop this summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHoSeTr_RVU

    Here’s a resource I turn to whenever I want to find something new (or old?) . I haven’t exhausted the comment list, yet!
    http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2009/07/lookin%E2%80%99-out-my-back-door-or-sounds-from-boo-radley%E2%80%99s-porch/

  • Josh

    Ditto to the Mumford and Sons recommendations. I actually prefer watching some of their live music on YouTube. Another band of similar genre that I really like is Of Monsters and Men.

    The one linked above is called “Lakehouse”. I also recommend their songs “Little Talks” and “King and Lionheart”.

    I also enjoy this live acapella recording of Bon Iver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Swa9CYgRk

  • Josh

    Ditto to the Mumford and Sons recommendations. I actually prefer watching some of their live music on YouTube. Another band of similar genre that I really like is Of Monsters and Men.

    The one linked above is called “Lakehouse”. I also recommend their songs “Little Talks” and “King and Lionheart”.

    I also enjoy this live acapella recording of Bon Iver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Swa9CYgRk

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Anything by the PianoGuys this is one of their more fun videos.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Anything by the PianoGuys this is one of their more fun videos.

  • Marie

    For Christian music, I’ve never outgrown The Waiting, even as I left almost all other CCM behind. Their self-titled 1997 album has the Gospel in almost every single song.

    http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/title.asp?title_id=933

  • Marie

    For Christian music, I’ve never outgrown The Waiting, even as I left almost all other CCM behind. Their self-titled 1997 album has the Gospel in almost every single song.

    http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/title.asp?title_id=933

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Playing for change has some unique arrangements based on video of street performers.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Playing for change has some unique arrangements based on video of street performers.

  • Patrick Morgan

    The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”

    The Stones were villified by many, especially Christians, for this song when it came out in 1968. Actually, the lyrics are quite astute theologically! This version is from their 1969 American tour. A great angular solo by Keith Richards (one of the all-time great and innovative guitarists in rock) and then a classic British-rock solo by Mick Taylor.

  • Patrick Morgan

    The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”

    The Stones were villified by many, especially Christians, for this song when it came out in 1968. Actually, the lyrics are quite astute theologically! This version is from their 1969 American tour. A great angular solo by Keith Richards (one of the all-time great and innovative guitarists in rock) and then a classic British-rock solo by Mick Taylor.

  • Patrick Morgan

    The Rolling Stones “The Prodigal Son”

    The Stones know their roots music. I’ll take something like this (a cover of an old blues song) over all CCM.

  • Patrick Morgan

    The Rolling Stones “The Prodigal Son”

    The Stones know their roots music. I’ll take something like this (a cover of an old blues song) over all CCM.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Just because I am in the mood for show tunes

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Just because I am in the mood for show tunes

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    As one of the resident Metal Fans, I feel I must… Cry THUNDER!

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    As one of the resident Metal Fans, I feel I must… Cry THUNDER!

  • SKPeterson

    Tom @ 21- One of my favorite albums.

    Here is a selection from one of the absolute best collaborations ever, Lush Life from John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

  • SKPeterson

    Tom @ 21- One of my favorite albums.

    Here is a selection from one of the absolute best collaborations ever, Lush Life from John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

  • Andy B.

    I have been listening to a musical collective out of Nashville called indelible grace led by Kevin Twitt. They take old hymn texts and put them in a contemporary flavor. I would describe it as a a folk-rock/americana setting. It is an outgrowth of Reformed University Fellowship.

    Start with Indelible Grace IV Beams of Heaven or III or V. They needed to grow a bit artistically and by III they had hit their stride. Here is their website: http://www.igracemusic.com/

    I love good songwriting. Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Greg Brown would be high on my list. I find that the old hymn writers especially John Newton (whose letters I have been reading) stack up with the above songwriters in term of lyrical depth. Check out “I asked the Lord.”

  • Andy B.

    I have been listening to a musical collective out of Nashville called indelible grace led by Kevin Twitt. They take old hymn texts and put them in a contemporary flavor. I would describe it as a a folk-rock/americana setting. It is an outgrowth of Reformed University Fellowship.

    Start with Indelible Grace IV Beams of Heaven or III or V. They needed to grow a bit artistically and by III they had hit their stride. Here is their website: http://www.igracemusic.com/

    I love good songwriting. Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Greg Brown would be high on my list. I find that the old hymn writers especially John Newton (whose letters I have been reading) stack up with the above songwriters in term of lyrical depth. Check out “I asked the Lord.”

  • Marie

    Similar to Indelible Grace

    koinemusic.com

  • Marie

    Similar to Indelible Grace

    koinemusic.com

  • Marie
  • Marie
  • SKPeterson

    I posted a Welsh/British battle song earlier, but here’s the one they went into battle with in the Falklands. Tenpole Tudor, Swords of a Thousand Men. Punk, post punk? Who cares, it’s a great song.

    And as a geographer I have to submit the number one geography song from Wire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhTNWSN9504

  • SKPeterson

    I posted a Welsh/British battle song earlier, but here’s the one they went into battle with in the Falklands. Tenpole Tudor, Swords of a Thousand Men. Punk, post punk? Who cares, it’s a great song.

    And as a geographer I have to submit the number one geography song from Wire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhTNWSN9504

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century
  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century
  • JonSLC

    SK@32 and Tom@21: I haven’t listened to the Sundays in years, but I really like that album, too. Some haunting tracks on the next album also.

    SK, I’ll second that recommendation of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. I’ve heard that that is the only recording that John Coltrane ever did with a vocalist. Excellent. A favorite.

  • JonSLC

    SK@32 and Tom@21: I haven’t listened to the Sundays in years, but I really like that album, too. Some haunting tracks on the next album also.

    SK, I’ll second that recommendation of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. I’ve heard that that is the only recording that John Coltrane ever did with a vocalist. Excellent. A favorite.

  • CRB

    In the category of pop music of the 70′s I have to say that the late singer, Harry Nilsson was the best of that era. I think his incredible vocal range (I think 5 octave?) is unmatchable. Also, besides the pop hits, “Everbody’s Talkin’” and “Without You,” he could belt out some great standards, such as, “As Time Goes By.” If anyone is interested, you can read about him here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Nilsson

  • CRB

    In the category of pop music of the 70′s I have to say that the late singer, Harry Nilsson was the best of that era. I think his incredible vocal range (I think 5 octave?) is unmatchable. Also, besides the pop hits, “Everbody’s Talkin’” and “Without You,” he could belt out some great standards, such as, “As Time Goes By.” If anyone is interested, you can read about him here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Nilsson

  • kerner

    I went to college with a guy who was a huge fan of Harry Nilsson. I learned about The Point, and you’re right. He was very talented. And, I read somewhere that he used to brag about neve performing live. He just didn’t like doing it I guess.

  • kerner

    I went to college with a guy who was a huge fan of Harry Nilsson. I learned about The Point, and you’re right. He was very talented. And, I read somewhere that he used to brag about neve performing live. He just didn’t like doing it I guess.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Here in New Mexico. we ike this kind of music:

    Sorry for the jerkiness of the video, and I don’t know what YouTube did to the sound quality. The original sounds a lot better.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Here in New Mexico. we ike this kind of music:

    Sorry for the jerkiness of the video, and I don’t know what YouTube did to the sound quality. The original sounds a lot better.

  • kerner

    SKPeterson:
    @3
    OK, now you’ve linked to one of my favorite movies (Zulu) and reminded me of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, and given me a video I have never seen before but which is worthy of passing onto my son who loves Asian pop music. Pretty good for one post. :D

  • kerner

    SKPeterson:
    @3
    OK, now you’ve linked to one of my favorite movies (Zulu) and reminded me of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, and given me a video I have never seen before but which is worthy of passing onto my son who loves Asian pop music. Pretty good for one post. :D

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    My favorite version of All Along the Watchtower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUchAD44xA8

    My favorite cultural commentary (props to KK on mentioning DKM first): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6H114kT4XA

    And my favorite version of Ghost Riders in the Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlILpLd2hDw

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    My favorite version of All Along the Watchtower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUchAD44xA8

    My favorite cultural commentary (props to KK on mentioning DKM first): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6H114kT4XA

    And my favorite version of Ghost Riders in the Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlILpLd2hDw

  • CRB

    kerner,
    Here is a link to Nilsson performing live in his later yrs (although it looks like maybe he’s mouthing to his own song)

  • CRB

    kerner,
    Here is a link to Nilsson performing live in his later yrs (although it looks like maybe he’s mouthing to his own song)

  • SKPeterson

    kerner @ 42. I aim to please. :D Like I said, my tastes have been getting increasingly eclectic.

    But could any Lutheran blog on good songs not be remiss without Breaking the Law? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyxLGSMtqtM

  • SKPeterson

    kerner @ 42. I aim to please. :D Like I said, my tastes have been getting increasingly eclectic.

    But could any Lutheran blog on good songs not be remiss without Breaking the Law? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyxLGSMtqtM

  • reg

    Another fantastic album-about 10 years old (so still relatively new) is Solomon Burke’s country album Nashville.

  • reg

    Another fantastic album-about 10 years old (so still relatively new) is Solomon Burke’s country album Nashville.

  • Barry Bishop

    Phil Keaggy, “Salvation Army Band”
    Sublime musical talent, edifying words, and passion

  • Barry Bishop

    Phil Keaggy, “Salvation Army Band”
    Sublime musical talent, edifying words, and passion

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Tuljak

    I want to see this live before I die.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Tuljak

    I want to see this live before I die.

  • kerner

    sg:

    That may be the entire population of Estonia in that video.

  • kerner

    sg:

    That may be the entire population of Estonia in that video.

  • Sharon Philp

    When we lived in Minnesota I became addicted to the Morning Show on Minnesota Public Radio. They played everything from Acid Rock to Zydeco. (Okay, maybe not acid rock, but I couldn’t think of another genre beginning with “A”.) I was introduced to some crazy songs that befit my odd sense of humor. I discovered a band called Moxy Fruvous–I think they are similar to the Barenaked Ladies in terms of humor and sound. My favorite of their songs is “King of Spain.”

    My next favorite song I first heard on the Morning Show is “Easter Island Head.” The group singing it is called Throat Culture. They are an a cappella group, and they use no instrument other than the human body.

    Another song I was introduced to by the Morning Show was “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise. This song reminds me of some Lutheran potlucks I’ve been to in my day.

    Finally, another great song introduced to me by the Morning Show is the song by Ann Reed called “Where the H–l is Boston?” Unfortunately, there is no YouTube video of it. The only way to hear it online (that I know of) is by going into MPR’s archives here:
    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/morning_show/listings/2005/04/18/index.shtml
    then you have to scroll down to Friday’s show, click “Listen 7-9″ and it plays at around the 7:15 am point.

  • Sharon Philp

    When we lived in Minnesota I became addicted to the Morning Show on Minnesota Public Radio. They played everything from Acid Rock to Zydeco. (Okay, maybe not acid rock, but I couldn’t think of another genre beginning with “A”.) I was introduced to some crazy songs that befit my odd sense of humor. I discovered a band called Moxy Fruvous–I think they are similar to the Barenaked Ladies in terms of humor and sound. My favorite of their songs is “King of Spain.”

    My next favorite song I first heard on the Morning Show is “Easter Island Head.” The group singing it is called Throat Culture. They are an a cappella group, and they use no instrument other than the human body.

    Another song I was introduced to by the Morning Show was “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise. This song reminds me of some Lutheran potlucks I’ve been to in my day.

    Finally, another great song introduced to me by the Morning Show is the song by Ann Reed called “Where the H–l is Boston?” Unfortunately, there is no YouTube video of it. The only way to hear it online (that I know of) is by going into MPR’s archives here:
    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/morning_show/listings/2005/04/18/index.shtml
    then you have to scroll down to Friday’s show, click “Listen 7-9″ and it plays at around the 7:15 am point.

  • Sharon Philp

    Sorry, but I would be remiss in not posting my 2 1/2 year-old daughter’s favorite YouTube video. My mother was trying to “culture her up” with Lawrence Welk. Now my daughter always wants to watch “The Blue Lady.”

  • Sharon Philp

    Sorry, but I would be remiss in not posting my 2 1/2 year-old daughter’s favorite YouTube video. My mother was trying to “culture her up” with Lawrence Welk. Now my daughter always wants to watch “The Blue Lady.”

  • Orianna Laun

    Eric Whitacre has some phenomenal choral works. The amazing thing about this video of his “Lux Aurumque” is that it is a virtual choir. All the people in the video uploaded themselves singing one voice part, and then it was all put together.

    Here is a video of the director explaining the virtual choir.

  • Orianna Laun

    Eric Whitacre has some phenomenal choral works. The amazing thing about this video of his “Lux Aurumque” is that it is a virtual choir. All the people in the video uploaded themselves singing one voice part, and then it was all put together.

    Here is a video of the director explaining the virtual choir.

  • SKPeterson

    Sharon @ 50 – Growing up in Iowa I was acculturated on Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw. It has made me appreciate accordions, and women in both evening gowns and overalls. And Buck Owens. His guitar was as iconic as Johnny Cash black.

  • SKPeterson

    Sharon @ 50 – Growing up in Iowa I was acculturated on Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw. It has made me appreciate accordions, and women in both evening gowns and overalls. And Buck Owens. His guitar was as iconic as Johnny Cash black.

  • Booklover

    I just got back from the trip of a lifetime. The dream of a lifetime. My college chorale conductor took a group of alumni on a tour of Italy, Switzerland, and France, and we sang in the great cathedrals there, including St. Peter’s Basilica and Notre Dame. Even our old group sounded good in those gorgeous echo chambers.

    The friar at St. Francis’ Church in Assisi recorded us as we sang a spiritual, and put it up on youtube. I will refer to it often in my depressing days in February.

  • Booklover

    I just got back from the trip of a lifetime. The dream of a lifetime. My college chorale conductor took a group of alumni on a tour of Italy, Switzerland, and France, and we sang in the great cathedrals there, including St. Peter’s Basilica and Notre Dame. Even our old group sounded good in those gorgeous echo chambers.

    The friar at St. Francis’ Church in Assisi recorded us as we sang a spiritual, and put it up on youtube. I will refer to it often in my depressing days in February.

  • Booklover

    “why do you think this is so good and what do we need to know to appreciate it?”

    Because the words are true; one knows there is a God when the acoustics are so fabulous; there is nothing like singing while surrounded by Giotto and Cimabue.

  • Booklover

    “why do you think this is so good and what do we need to know to appreciate it?”

    Because the words are true; one knows there is a God when the acoustics are so fabulous; there is nothing like singing while surrounded by Giotto and Cimabue.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Farming song

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Farming song

  • Sharon Philp

    I loved Lawrence Welk and the non-singing part of Hee Haw. I m rather fickle regarding my country music. I like some, but not all. It looked as though I was apologizing for my post, but I was actually apologizing or putting up a second post; however, my first one was “awaiting moderation” and never showed up. So for now you will all have to miss out on the treat that is Moxy Fruvous, as I cannot figure out how to link a YouTube video from my iPad.

  • Sharon Philp

    I loved Lawrence Welk and the non-singing part of Hee Haw. I m rather fickle regarding my country music. I like some, but not all. It looked as though I was apologizing for my post, but I was actually apologizing or putting up a second post; however, my first one was “awaiting moderation” and never showed up. So for now you will all have to miss out on the treat that is Moxy Fruvous, as I cannot figure out how to link a YouTube video from my iPad.

  • SKPeterson

    Neko Case is awesome, either solo or with the New P*rnographers.

  • SKPeterson

    Neko Case is awesome, either solo or with the New P*rnographers.

  • Dan Kempin

    It’s not on youtube, but you should check out the Root Doctor song, “Joy.” It’s new, and based on the comments here, I think quite a few of you would like it.

  • Dan Kempin

    It’s not on youtube, but you should check out the Root Doctor song, “Joy.” It’s new, and based on the comments here, I think quite a few of you would like it.

  • Dan Kempin
  • Dan Kempin
  • kerner

    sg: Thatn was hilarious.

    Dan K: That’s what we used to describe as R&B when I was young.

    For all you Phil Keaggy fnas up the thread, do you also like Michael Card?

  • kerner

    sg: Thatn was hilarious.

    Dan K: That’s what we used to describe as R&B when I was young.

    For all you Phil Keaggy fnas up the thread, do you also like Michael Card?

  • Nathan Richard

    I’ve recently enjoyed the music of The Civil Wars and also Fleet Foxes. Probably the most recognized tune from The Civil Wars is “Barton Hollow” http://youtu.be/JrOUwbsy12E

    From Fleet Foxes here are two: “Blue Ridge Mountains” http://youtu.be/7m8CkxXhPtw and “White Winter Hymnal” http://youtu.be/DrQRS40OKNE

  • Nathan Richard

    I’ve recently enjoyed the music of The Civil Wars and also Fleet Foxes. Probably the most recognized tune from The Civil Wars is “Barton Hollow” http://youtu.be/JrOUwbsy12E

    From Fleet Foxes here are two: “Blue Ridge Mountains” http://youtu.be/7m8CkxXhPtw and “White Winter Hymnal” http://youtu.be/DrQRS40OKNE

  • Booklover

    Michael Card is great–lovely music and always good theology.

  • Booklover

    Michael Card is great–lovely music and always good theology.

  • #4 Kitty

    Last Sunday evening my family played the popular board game “Ticket to Ride”. We thought it would be fun to select train themed songs from YouTube while playing. Here’s what we came up with:
    “Wabash Cannonball” ~BoxCar Willie
    “Chattanooga Choo Choo” ~ Glenn Miller
    “Wreck of the Old 97″ ~ Johnny Cash
    “Candy Mountains” ~ O Brother Where art Thou
    “Blue Train” ~ Johnny Cash
    “Streamline Cannonball” ~ Doc Watson
    “Train 45″ Stanley Brothers
    “Folsom Prison Blues” ~Johnny Cash
    “City of New Orleans” ~ Willie Nelson
    “Waiting for a Train”~ Jimmie Rodgers

    Can you think of any we should add for next time?

  • #4 Kitty

    Last Sunday evening my family played the popular board game “Ticket to Ride”. We thought it would be fun to select train themed songs from YouTube while playing. Here’s what we came up with:
    “Wabash Cannonball” ~BoxCar Willie
    “Chattanooga Choo Choo” ~ Glenn Miller
    “Wreck of the Old 97″ ~ Johnny Cash
    “Candy Mountains” ~ O Brother Where art Thou
    “Blue Train” ~ Johnny Cash
    “Streamline Cannonball” ~ Doc Watson
    “Train 45″ Stanley Brothers
    “Folsom Prison Blues” ~Johnny Cash
    “City of New Orleans” ~ Willie Nelson
    “Waiting for a Train”~ Jimmie Rodgers

    Can you think of any we should add for next time?

  • CRB

    Kitty,
    How about a couple of hits from the 70′s: “Long Train Runnin’” and, “Me and Bobby McGee”? : )

  • CRB

    Kitty,
    How about a couple of hits from the 70′s: “Long Train Runnin’” and, “Me and Bobby McGee”? : )

  • Dan Kempin

    Kitty, #63,

    “Train, train,” by Blackfoot
    And, possibly, “Son of a Poor Man,” by REO Spedwagon

  • Dan Kempin

    Kitty, #63,

    “Train, train,” by Blackfoot
    And, possibly, “Son of a Poor Man,” by REO Spedwagon

  • SKPeterson

    Sweet Melissa from the Allman Brothers, Kitty.

  • SKPeterson

    Sweet Melissa from the Allman Brothers, Kitty.

  • #4 Kitty

    Oh, that opens the list up a bit~ makes it sound modern. Very nice, Thanks!

  • #4 Kitty

    Oh, that opens the list up a bit~ makes it sound modern. Very nice, Thanks!

  • kerner

    Wait! Wait! Nobody mentioned Casey Jones by the Grateful Dead? Kitty, no train song list would be complete without it!

  • kerner

    Wait! Wait! Nobody mentioned Casey Jones by the Grateful Dead? Kitty, no train song list would be complete without it!

  • cody

    I noticed Gillian Welch and David Rawlings mentioned above. The best! Pick any of their songs at random and you’ve got a winner! All their albums a great, but the last one (The Harrow and the Harvest) is exquisite. Truly will be a classic of American music. Of all the artists I listen to, even those I think a great, they are the ones whose music will be around fifty years from now. IfI had to pick one song it would be “Tennessee” from that record.

  • cody

    I noticed Gillian Welch and David Rawlings mentioned above. The best! Pick any of their songs at random and you’ve got a winner! All their albums a great, but the last one (The Harrow and the Harvest) is exquisite. Truly will be a classic of American music. Of all the artists I listen to, even those I think a great, they are the ones whose music will be around fifty years from now. IfI had to pick one song it would be “Tennessee” from that record.

  • Tim

    For train songs, you should add “Slow Train Comin’” by Bob Dylan, and “The Orange Blossom Special” by just about anybody.

  • Tim

    For train songs, you should add “Slow Train Comin’” by Bob Dylan, and “The Orange Blossom Special” by just about anybody.

  • Peter F.

    You should check out Derek Webb for good musicians in contemporary Christian music (though recently he and the genre have seemed to part ways). He’s raised controversy because he used “sh**” in his song “What Matters More,” criticizing the homosexual debate at the expense of sharing the Gospel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0j6FTg1xU

    Wedding Dress is another controversial song criticizing the prosperity gospel (used the word “whore”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0j6FTg1xU

    One of my favorites is his “A New Law,” which is about a person who prefer more rules over the freedom of Christ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Fhc5aaNrw

  • Peter F.

    You should check out Derek Webb for good musicians in contemporary Christian music (though recently he and the genre have seemed to part ways). He’s raised controversy because he used “sh**” in his song “What Matters More,” criticizing the homosexual debate at the expense of sharing the Gospel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0j6FTg1xU

    Wedding Dress is another controversial song criticizing the prosperity gospel (used the word “whore”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0j6FTg1xU

    One of my favorites is his “A New Law,” which is about a person who prefer more rules over the freedom of Christ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Fhc5aaNrw


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X